A number of local school board and municipal seats will be decided in April 2014.
In the City of Mequon, Common Council seats in Districts 2, 3 and 5 will be on the ballot. Alderman Ken Zganjar of District 2, current Common Council President, has served since 2002. Dale Mayr of District 3 has served since 1999 as has Mark Seider, alderman for District 5.
Ken Zganjar has filed his non-candidacy paperwork and will not be running again, leaving the door open for a newcomer in District 2.
Newcomer Mark Gierl has filed nomination papers to run for the District 5 seat now held by Mark Seider, who has not indicated his plans. He has never been opposed in an election for alderman.
Dale Mayr was last opposed in 2002.
In the Village of Thiensville, at-large trustees Rob Holyoke and Ronald Heinritz’ seats will be on the ballot. They were challenged in 2011 but not in at least two contests prior to that.
Longtime MTSD Board member Suzette Urbashich will not run; newcomer Paul Buzzell files to fill the vacancy.
Suzette Urbashich, 17-year member of the Mequon-Thiensville Board of Education, announced she will not seek another 3 year term.
Paul Buzzell, who filed nomination papers on December 4, is Chief Financial Officer of Johnson Level and Tool in Mequon. A 1988 Homestead High School graduate, Buzzell is married and has three daughters who attend MTSD.
The other board position up for re-election this year is currently held by Jim Liska, who was first elected to in 2008.
Elections in recent years have been more competitive than was the case a decade ago. Both of last year’s aldermanic elections and the mayoral election in Mequon were contested, as was the Board of Education race. In 2012, one of the three common council spots was contested as were the three open school board positions and the village trustee positions. Issues around development and the future of the communities and MTSD are receiving more attention and generating more interest in these decision-making roles.
Candidates for the Common Council must have 20 – 40 signatures on a nomination papers, which are due January 7 by 5:00pm. Village trustee candidates must have 20-100 signatures and have the same deadline. MTSD candidates are not required to have signatures on their filing paperwork, also due January 7 by 5:00pm.
Common Council members are paid $4,800 annually; village trustees earn $1,800 per year for their service, and MTSD board members receive no compensation for their service.
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